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How your cooking oil hinders your weight loss & makes you fat

There’s a lot of misinformation about fat in the nutrition, wellness, and fitness space. For years, health advocates have pushed a low-fat diet, and that campaign’s fallout still affects us today. 

Yet the whole “low-fat this, low-fat that” advice we’ve been conditioned to believe as healthy turned out to be completely incorrect.

In the health industry, we’re sometimes met with blanket statements that make clear-cut rules — like “all fats are bad.” But it’s more complicated than this. 

In the same way that not all calories are the same, not all fats are, either. There are good fats, and there are bad fats. And it can be difficult to distinguish and decide which to choose and consume.

Did you know: Approximately 60% of the brain is made of fat! 

There are trillions of cells in our body, and each one is surrounded by fat. The tissues in our body are built with whatever fat we consume, so choosing the right type of fat is crucial. 

What are bad sources of fat?

Vegetable oils

For years, health experts and governments have told us vegetable oils and margarine are healthy for the heart. In contrast, butter and coconut oils were made out to be villains.

We were taught that traditional fats — lard, butter, and coconut oil — led to high cholesterol and clogged arteries, resulting in heart disease. Experts recommended avoiding saturated fat and eating more polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), especially omega-6 fats.

Many of us grew up on these “vegetable” oils, typically found at your grocery store, a local restaurant, and at home for cooking. These clear, tasteless, highly refined processed oils include corn, soybean, canola, safflower, and sunflower. The unsaturated fats in vegetable oils are toxic, to begin with, and are further oxidized when heated for cooking.

These vegetable oils are highly unstable and highly inflammatory. There has been an enormous push from advisors like the American Heart Association and the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines to switch from saturated to polyunsaturated fats.

However, the most significant change you can make for your overall health is to stop consuming vegetable oils. The top cause of chronic inflammation in the body is vegetable oils, responsible for weight gain, obesity, many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, and many cancers.

To understand why vegetable oils are harmful to us, we need to understand the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.

Omega-6 to omega-3 ratio

The omega-6 fatty acid, also known as linoleic acid, can exacerbate inflammation when consumed in excess. Omega-3, also known as alpha-linolenic acid, is anti-inflammatory.

Our bodies require both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to remain healthy. They are needed for: 

  • healthy brain development
  • nervous system health
  • hormone production and balance
  • cellular health
  • skin health

These essential fatty acids must be obtained from our diet in the proper ratio to keep inflammation at bay and reduce cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. 

Due to the Standard American Diet, we consume way too many omega-6s, closer to a 20:1 ratio. The ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio should be between 4:1 to 2:1. 

The overconsumption of omega-6 can cause inflammation and contribute to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, cancers, and other autoimmune conditions. According to experts, a ratio of 40:1 has also been linked to mental illnesses

Processed vegetable oils are much higher in omega-6 fatty acids and contribute to a pro-inflammatory response throughout our bodies. Healthy fats contain amino acids, minerals, and nutrients that are absent in nearly all vegetable oils.

In the past, our ancestors consumed more omega-3 fats and less omega-6 fats than they do now, as wild foods are naturally rich sources of omega-3 fats. 

Today, we primarily get our omega-3s from fish, yet wild game and wild plants — which are high in omega-3 —, used to be a much more significant part of our diet.

Grass-fed beef and wild meat contain about seven times as much omega-3 fat as industrially raised animals, which have almost none. 

Our great-grandparents consumed virtually all grass-fed, pasture-raised beef and animal products that were hormone-free and antibiotic-free. They simply didn’t eat any other kind of meat.

The introduction of refined oils into our diet and the transition away from grass-fed and wild animals increased our intake of omega-6 fats. In recent years, the consumption of soy, cottonseed, and canola oils has skyrocketed. This surge has left many people deficient in essential omega-3 fatty acids in the Western world, leading to chronic inflammation and diseases.

Linoleic acid is also causing obesity. During a randomized experiment comparing soybean oil with coconut oil, coconut oil — also high in saturated fat — seemed to reduce abdominal fat. On the other hand, high-linoleic soybean oil failed to produce such a reduction, possibly causing participants to gain weight and worsening their cholesterol levels.

What are good sources of fat?

Extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil: An excellent source of antioxidants, which help fight inflammation and chronic disease.

Extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil: Increases cellular energy, is highly anti-inflammatory, and may help improve your cholesterol levels.

Grass-fed butter: High in omega-3 fatty acids, it has anti-inflammatory properties linked to many health benefits.

Grass-fed meats: They have more omega-3 fats than grain-fed meats.

Grass-fed ghee: Ghee is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help decrease inflammation and protect against heart disease.

Fatty fishes: Sardines, mackerel, herring, and wild salmon are rich in omega-3s.

Avocados or oil: Being very high in omega-3 fatty acids, avocado oil is also ideal for cooking and BBQing due to its high smoke point.

How good, healthy fats help with weight loss

We need to eat good fats to lose body fat.

An excessive amount of bad fat — notably, certain saturated fats, highly processed meats, and trans fats — is hazardous to both your health and waistline. In contrast, a diet rich in good fats and good unsaturated fats aids both.

Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados, are powerful fat-burners. 

In a recent study, female participants who consumed an avocado a day as part of a meal reduced visceral abdominal fat. 

A pregnant woman's diet high in omega-6 fatty acids compared to omega-3 fatty acids puts her infant at risk for obesity and is significantly linked to diabetes.

According to recent studies, children who eat a high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in childhood may develop insulin resistance, prediabetes, and obesity as adults. 

Therefore, simply removing inflammatory vegetable oils from our diets has led to significant weight loss in many people without any other diet and lifestyle changes.

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